Markus Haase, Blackened Bronze and Onyx Circlet Chandelier II, USA, 2023
Haase’s latest group of lighting design, The Circlet Series, employs fresh and innovative design techniques, incorporating sensuous forms with decidedly abstract modernist influences. Each faceted, asymmetric component is sculpted to dynamically catch and reflect light. The shaped rings, appearing as animated waves or columns of smoke, are cast in polished bronze and set with hand-carved onyx diffusing the warm glow of hidden LEDs.
Combining a mastery of traditional sculpting techniques with a contemporary, material-driven approach to design, Haase is one of the only artists working today, crafting unique works in bronze. Rather than using the casting process as a mechanism for producing multiples, each of his bronze and onyx light sculptures is completely one-of-a-kind.
With his recent Circlet Series, Haase is quickly growing a reputation as a master jeweler for architectural accessories. The series includes bespoke chandeliers and sconces.
In 2013, Haase launched his first series of sculptural design exclusively with Todd Merrill Studio. Since then, his work has attracted the attention of designers, critics, and collectors worldwide. Haase creates unique works of art, sculptural pieces of furniture, and lighting design that demonstrate his sculpting virtuosity through his works that imbue wood, metal, and stone with a remarkable sense of fluidity and movement. Carved wood and marble assume the qualities of drapery, while his dexterity in combining these elements with dynamic LED technology defines a new artistry for the twenty-first century. As Todd Merrill describes, “Markus Haase is not making a piece of furniture or lighting that looks like art… He is a sculptor making art that serves functional ends.”
As Haase works on a commission basis, custom designs may be requested.
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